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    Yesterday's early shift at the Cascade Bulldog Rescue/Rehome booth at the AKC show in Seattle was a blast. Just Bo went with me this time. He is an alumni of the organization and I was excited for my friend Cindy (the Director) to see Bo. She hadn't seen him since he was just a pup. Now I adore her and respect the hell out of this lady and I was eager for her approval. She couldn't believe how big he'd gotten ("He's a monster!") and it was super fun seeing her see him again. Later though, she did say to me, "Bo is fat." My heart sank. If you knew how I obsessed over these dog's meals and worried about keeping them fit, you'd know why I was so bummed. Well, I appreciate her candor and I see this as a challenge! It's spring weight loss time here at casa Vicaroo. Will you share your pup's weight loss stories, please? The how's and what's would be marvelous. Help a sister out!

    Here's a shot of them I took for my St Patrick's Day cards:

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    Stats are approximate as they've not been to the vet in a while (yay)

    Bea - 48 lbs
    Bo - 75 lbs
    You cannot see ribs on them outright, but they both have a tapered waist. They are shaped like triangles when you look at them from above. I can feel ribs in there but can't see them at all.
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    Default Re: I'm Not Fat - I'm Just Big Boned...?

    Everybody calls Oliver fat too and I hate it!!! He weighs 62 pounds and I can still see his waist line. NOW, when my vet calls him fat, then I will do something about it, but until then, Oliver can just say what he always says, "I'm not fat, I'm fluffy!"
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    I can never remember if the rule of thumb is that you can see definition of the last rib or feel it...but I'm almost sure its to see that last rib. They should be reverse pear shaped with rounded ribcageand a slender waiste.
    Both @desertskybulldogs and @Libra926 have success stories with weight loss.
    hope these help a little. Lucy is 50lb and perfect weight but having said that our Bulldogs are generally bigger built

    http://www.englishbulldognews.com/fo...-3-months.html

    http://www.englishbulldognews.com/fo...ew-anyone.html

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    People look at Abby and call her chubby :whatsthat?:

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    Awww..don't be too hard on yourself. Of course we want happy..healthy doggies, but I think sometimes these guys LOOK bigger than they are! The whole " my neck is as wide as my rear" thing!! I know you'll get Bo in a good place..jake is not done yet...so I've got zero words of wisdom!

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    hes a great shape,some are just build stockier than some,if he has a waist line and you can feel his ribs then i would ignore any comments ,bulldogs are the only breed that are the same but no 2 look alike lol,karen

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    75 lbs. is up there unless he is longer and taller than normal. Our first Bulldog, Sherman weighed 75, but that was early 80s when Bulldogs were bigger. The thing vets. say over and over is keep their weight down. My boys would eat all day if I let them, on the other side they are always hungry which is why they try to eat grass, doe drops, road apples; they are even hard up enough to try cow pies!!!

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    Well the way I look at it is, if they have a waist and you can feel ribs but can't see them, then they are just right. But that's just me.
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    We were told that our year old "Mia" was overweight by our vet at 63lbs. The vet wanted her to get down to around 50lbs so we changed her diet to a healthier dog food (Fromm) and walked her every day for about 30 min. But the biggest help in her diet was our puppy "Jake" wanting to play all the time. She's now down to 56lbs.

    So I guess my answer would be to "get a puppy" lol

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    Vegas R lost 10lbs I think supplementing with Vegas Stew. If you search it you should find a recipe.
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    Banks, when two years old, was 70LBs and our vet was not happy. He wanted her below 60lbs.. she is taller than normal so he felt 60 was a good number. We did a few weeks of Green Beans and kibble twice a day and 30 minute walks.... she lost it in now time and for the last 4 yrs has maintained 58-62 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by savemejeebus View Post
    Vegas R lost 10lbs I think supplementing with Vegas Stew. If you search it you should find a recipe.
    10 pounds??? Maybe I should start eating Vegas Stew

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